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Live in Central Park NYC May 12, 1975 2CD Set

Jefferson Starship
Live in Central Park NYC May 12, 1975 2CD Set

New York City 1975. The city is
teetering on bankruptcy, mere months
away from President Ford’s infamous
“Drop dead” speech. And over 100,000
well-lubricated fans attend a free concert
by Jefferson Starship in Central Park.
What could go wrong?
Actually, unless you were a tree, not
much (a constant theme of the concert
is threats by the police and park staff
to shut down the show unless fans
get out of the trees, and the Starship
and the concert sponsor, WNEWFM,
had to pony up for park repairs after the event).
This is the Starship on the eve of the release of Red Octopus,
mere months away from ascending commercial heights never attained by the
Airplane, and the band is absolutely on fire—there’s a reason this concert ranks
among the most treasured bootlegs in Airplane or Starship tape collector circles.
And speaking of tape collectors, for this first-ever legitimate release we have
worked with a tape provided by the band and filled in some gaps (including the
long-lost ending of “Volunteers”) with recordings contributed by collectors to
present the complete show on two CDs mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery
Studios (minus some of the incessant exhortations to get out of the trees). The
material ranges from songs off of their debut Dragonfly (“Ride the Tiger,”
“Caroline”) to tunes from the forthcoming Red Octopus (“Play on Love,” “Fast Buck
Freddie”) to Airplane faves “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love” and “Volunteers,”
performed by the early Starship line-up of Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin,
David Freiberg, Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears, John Barbata and Papa John Creach.
The Kantner-Slick-Balin vocal dynamics have rarely been better than on this
recording, and guitarist Chaquico particularly shines; it being the ‘70s, there are
also long drum and bass solos and a bit of the anarchic spirit of mid-‘70s New York
City seeps into the show as well. The scene is captured by professional
photographer Allan Tannenbaum (photographer/author of New York in the ‘70s),
who was at the gig and supplies photos (including the cover shot) for this
collection, while Richie Unterberger’s notes set the stage for the Starship playing
the biggest gig imaginable.

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New York City 1975. The city is
teetering on bankruptcy, mere months
away from President Ford’s infamous
“Drop dead” speech. And over 100,000
well-lubricated fans attend a free concert
by Jefferson Starship in Central Park.
What could go wrong?
Actually, unless you were a tree, not
much (a constant theme of the concert
is threats by the police and park staff
to shut down the show unless fans
get out of the trees, and the Starship
and the concert sponsor, WNEWFM,
had to pony up for park repairs after the event).
This is the Starship on the eve of the release of Red Octopus,
mere months away from ascending commercial heights never attained by the
Airplane, and the band is absolutely on fire—there’s a reason this concert ranks
among the most treasured bootlegs in Airplane or Starship tape collector circles.
And speaking of tape collectors, for this first-ever legitimate release we have
worked with a tape provided by the band and filled in some gaps (including the
long-lost ending of “Volunteers”) with recordings contributed by collectors to
present the complete show on two CDs mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery
Studios (minus some of the incessant exhortations to get out of the trees). The
material ranges from songs off of their debut Dragonfly (“Ride the Tiger,”
“Caroline”) to tunes from the forthcoming Red Octopus (“Play on Love,” “Fast Buck
Freddie”) to Airplane faves “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love” and “Volunteers,”
performed by the early Starship line-up of Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin,
David Freiberg, Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears, John Barbata and Papa John Creach.
The Kantner-Slick-Balin vocal dynamics have rarely been better than on this
recording, and guitarist Chaquico particularly shines; it being the ‘70s, there are
also long drum and bass solos and a bit of the anarchic spirit of mid-‘70s New York
City seeps into the show as well. The scene is captured by professional
photographer Allan Tannenbaum (photographer/author of New York in the ‘70s),
who was at the gig and supplies photos (including the cover shot) for this
collection, while Richie Unterberger’s notes set the stage for the Starship playing
the biggest gig imaginable.

Details

DISC ONE
1. Intro-Ride the Tiger
2. Stage Announcement-Fast Buck Freddie
3. The Witcher
4. Stage Announcement-Devil’s Den
5. Caroline
6. Driving Me Crazy
7. Papa Creach’s Down Home Blues
DISC TWO
1. Play on Love
2. Better Lying Down
3. Have You Seen the Saucers
4. Come to Life
5. White Rabbit
6. Stage Announcements
7. Sweeter Than Honey
8. Somebody to Love
9. Volunteers